“What if money was no object” is one of the questions that I often ask my coaching clients, if they don’t know what they want to be when they grow up.
We’re all so conditioned to being “responsible” and earning a living, that we convince ourselves the only way to do that is by pursuing a career that pays well – even if we don’t enjoy the work.
Furthermore, we convince ourselves that any type of career / job / business that we would enjoy is unlikely to pay the bills – for example where we have the opportunity to use our creativity, spend time working with animals, travel the world, etc.
The sad thing is, the majority of people spend the best part of their lives doing a job they hate, because it means they can earn enough money to buy things – houses, cars, holidays, etc – that simply dull the pain of living an unfulfilled life.
They think that, once they reach retirement age, they will be able to catch up with all of the experiences they’ve missed out on. But there is no guarantee that money, squirreled away, will last – or that we will have the same level of energy that we did when we were younger. We need to learn to live more for today. To enjoy the work we do. To build a better future for ourselves and for the world around us.
If everyone felt inspired by the work they do, wouldn’t the world be a better place to live in?
This video, featuring Alan Watts, carries such a powerful message about spending your life doing what you love, rather than spending it doing something you hate, just so that you can afford to go on living your life doing something you hate…